Reed Jules Oppenheimer Foundation

​​History

​​​Reed’s journey began in 1977 as a charter member of the Hunger Project, an exploration by a group of visionaries to change the context in which the world viewed hunger and starvation in such a manner that through education, motivation and empowerment, we as world citizens could eradicate the worst effects of malnutrition and hunger on the planet in our lifetime. At that time there were 4.5 billion people on the planet, an estimated 35,000 child deaths per day from the effects of malnutrition, and the condition of hunger was considered Inevitable. Today there are 7 billion people on the planet, an estimated 10,000 child deaths per day from the effects of malnutrition, and the condition of hunger is considered an Inexcusable Travesty that will end in our lifetime.

While sharing this commitment, Gabrielle’s passion has been in invoking the potential of youth through discovery and the arts with a focus on providing educational opportunities/skills to inner city children and working with inner city stakeholders from diverse communities to create a more politically and socially harmonious atmosphere through the arts.  Serving on the board of the New York Council of the Arts, Gabrielle directed the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and designed children’s museums in Venezuela and Israel.

Unquestionably, her greatest achievement has been in imparting an ethos of discovery and ethical activism to Sophie, Eric, Meaghan and Luke who have all matured into skilled professionals dedicated to sustaining the planet and improving the human condition.